Attitude of Gratitude from Salvage Dior

Today is the seventh post in the Attitude of Gratitude series. Click here for the complete list of posts.

Join us Monday through Friday through Thanksgiving, and feel welcome to share your own stories as well in the comments sections of each post.

Today’s gratitude post comes from one of the sweetest people I’ve had the pleasure to know in real life.

Hello Simply Klassic readers! It’s me Kate from Salvage Dior.

I was very humbled to be asked to write alongside the amazing women participating
in Kristin’s Attitude of Gratitude series.

 Kristin and I have our own special journey of gratitude and healing which brought
forth an abundance of change.

This is a piece of my heart…

As many of my readers know my life changed suddenly when I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus
in the beginning of 2010.

I was just two years into my newlywed marriage of my beloved Mr. Dior, a mother to my three beautiful children, twenty years of my wedding planning career, church, blogging etc.
The road I never knew I would travel,  there I stood.
God had a beautiful plan…

The first three days I was so numb I barely spoke until I went to the one person who knows my heart-
my sweet mama…

Mama raised me with her daily singing of favorite hymns ” Just a Closer Walk With Thee” and “Great is Thy Faithfulness.”

This beautiful woman adopted me at age twelve.

That day I sat with her I said one sentence before fell apart. ” Mama I am so afraid of this illness, I’m afraid it will over take me. ” After many tears she held me tight and said ” I know this to be true, you will suffer because of this illness sometimes a lot I’m sure but one thing I know the good Lord has His hand upon you and He will never let you go.” My mama has faith like a mountain so I knew then what my prayer would be that the Lord would use this to change my heart to give gratitude to others and to shine a light where there was darkness.

The past few years Mr. Dior and I spent more time praying on our knees then ever before.

My sweet children have come alongside to pray and help me as challenges arise.

This began a new season in my life one filled with growth and a precious
life lesson on being grateful for what each day holds.

My blogging began to change and heal me inside.

As I watched myself lose a part of me to Lupus, 
I was full of gratitude for what was remained in my heart.
I still miss the old Kate at times that could do so many things without any limitations. Learning this lesson of gratitude has taught me that life is now more beautiful than ever.
I cherish my good days!

I think of fun little ways to bring joy into the lives of another.

Sometimes I stop by just to give one of my girlfriends a hug at their work, or plan a little surprise
for a special person in my life.

{especially my Gracie girl}

I even take advantage of the bad days…

I set up camp in my bed with the laptop and phone to write little love notes of encouragement.

I make calls to share how blessed I am for having that person in my life.

I  spend time writing personal notes to my readers or a fellow blogger, 
sharing what a blessing they are!

{Sometimes I just pray for others}

This beautiful journey keeps reminding me daily to live with a servant’s heart. 

All Photos of Kate & Mr. Dior
“Happiness isn’t something that depends on our surroundings…
It’s something we make inside ourselves.”
Corrie Ten Boom
I guess what truly keeps me grounded is knowing that nothing is greater than God’s work in my life.

And knowing that my sweet mama was right!

Thank you Kristin for asking me to share in this beautiful series
and share a part of my heart with your readers.


Kate’s story really tugs at my heart as I have walked beside her through this entire illness, and I have been on the receiving end of those surprise visits as she’s stopped by my office with a special treat. 

Thank you my friend for sharing your heart.

Do you have a story of gratitude to share? Please feel free to share your story in the comments below.



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  1. says

    Ah, lovely Kate ~ It is so good of you to share so honestly your story. It helps all of us look differently at both our bad days and our good days.

    Praying you have many more good days than bad.


  2. says

    Thank you so much for sharing a piece of your very moving story with us. This a is a post I plan to read again and again. It has so many good reminders for me…great is His faithfulness….happiness doesn’t depend on your surroundings…just because you are struggling doesn’t mean you can’t bring some joy to others. I am echoeing Glenda’s prayer. That you have more good days than bad.

  3. says

    What a gift to us to let us in on this part of your life. You have a beautiful heart, and a wonderful spirit. What a gift were your mom’s words to you and a gift for us to hear as well.

    God is amazing!

    Thank you for sharing, sweet lady.


  4. says

    God does not give us things we can’t handle and sometimes we wish he did not trust us so much. When I see someone like you with a life altering challenge and a heavy cross to bear I can tell God knows how strong you are and what beautiful things your going to do with it. I admire you and I’m looking forward to getting to know you better.

  5. says

    Kate what true love you have in each other.And God has brought you even closer in these times.Thank you so much for sharing your story!You are a beautiful person inside and out!

  6. says

    Kate, a beautiful post from a beautiful woman–a beautiful soul. I have been tested for lupus when docs can’t figure out why this or that is happening in my body and it’s always been negative. I am grateful for that, I know this is far from a pleasant companion you have always with you. It’s better now than it would have been in another time. I tell myself that a lot with the myriad of chronic illnesses I have. My asthma is serious enough I wouldn’t have lived to 57, my grandmother didn’t. I’m so thankful for God’s perfect timing. Be well. xxx Janet

  7. says

    Hi Ladies
    I just wanted to say thank you for each of you that came by and left your words of love. I am praising God for all the beauty in my life, so much to fill each day with.

    Much love to each of you!

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